Who Is Robert Counts? The Story Behind His Journey to Country Music

Who Is Robert Counts? Talented new country Sony Nashville recording artist, whose debut single “What Do I Know” is working its way up the charts.

Robert Counts

Robert Counts – Photo Credit – Sean McGee

Sony Music Nashville is full of exciting new singer-songwriters for fans to fall in love with! This week’s Swag Spotlight artist, Robert Counts is no exception. He’s a true-blue country artist with a country-rock sound, a gritty vibe, and a powerful knack for songwriting. We got a chance to interview the rising artist and learn more about his path to country music.

Growing up in Franklin, Tennessee, a town just outside of Nashville, Counts recalls being introduced to music through his faith. “I first started playing music in my church. That’s kind of where I started taking guitar lessons,” he recalls, sharing his experience playing in his church’s contemporary band throughout his childhood.

At that point, music was just a hobby for the budding musician. “As a kid, I was a thinker,” he shared, adding, “I liked more contemporary music like John Mayer, Jason Isbell, stuff like indie-rock […] anything with a lyric was what I was drawn to.” Counts spent his younger years learning rifts on the guitar and being mesmerized by the story-telling aspect of country music, as well as, more contemporary artists.

Some of his most profound musical influences can be traced back to his parents. “My mom was a big fan of Travis Tritt and Alan Jackson,” he shared, “Coincidentally now, two of my favorite country artists of all times- they’re storytellers.” Counts also shared a liking of midwestern rock artists like Bob Segar and Bruce Springsteen. The connecting thread though was always about the ability to craft an exceptional lyric.

Despite obvious pure talent, Counts decided to pursue a different path, heading to college and obtaining a degree in biochemistry, with dreams of being a surgeon. After graduation, he decided to take a gap year to study for the MCATS; however, that was when the trajectory of his future was flipped on its axis.

“I entered a few songs that I thought were good,” he recalls, talking about a songwriting contest at Puckett’s, “…and I ended up winning the whole thing.” The contest led him to his first publishing deal. “I learned about the industry. I learned how publishing works. I honed my craft as far as songwriting a little bit. Got in, met some people, and I just fell in love with it, he shared.”

Since then, Counts has been dedicated to honing his craft. With some convincing from supportive people in his life, the songwriter pivoted again, deciding to focus on becoming an artist in his own right.

Now as a signed recording artist, Counts is garnering a fanbase that respects his love of country music, his knowledge of the industry, and of course his impressive vocals. His debut radio single, “What Do I Know,” written by the singer with HARDY and Jake Mitchell, is currently climbing the charts. “We got that idea and we were like what about southern advice, stuff your dad tells you growing up, things you hear,” Counts recalls, thinking about the co-write with HARDY and Mitchell from back in 2018.

Although Counts knew then that the song was good, it took two years for the singer to finally decide to release it as his debut single. “For my debut single to radio, I wanted to be something that really came out swinging and left nothing to question,” adding, You know who I am. I am a guy whose southern, works hard, I’m normal every day, every man, just living his life by honest truth. And I think that’s what that song says.” We couldn’t agree more!

As 2020 comes to a close, fans can anticipate more music heading down the pipeline early next year. Counts also promises to get back on the road to play live shows again as soon as it is safe. Stay tuned for more from the singer-songwriter!

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“What Do I Know” is now available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more new recently released music here on our ‘New Country Music’ playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.

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Who Is Hannah Dasher? The Story Behind Her Journey to Country Music

Who is Hannah Dasher? Learn more about this fiery rising singer-songwriter in our Swag Spotlight interview below.

Hannah Dasher

Our Swag Spotlight shines on Georgia native, Hannah Dasher and all of her funny, charismatic glory. In our most recent chat, Dasher’s incredible personality was apparent as she told our Managing Editor all about growing up a child of ’90s country, even calling herself the youngest member of the Alan Jackson fan club. “I hated to read as a kid so instead of reading storybooks, I would read album covers front to back, who the producers were, songwriters, and of course the lyrics,” she explained. “Alan Jackson’s lyrics really spoke to me because he was from Georiga like me, and he talked like I did, so conversational, I thought he was a badass.”

After college, Dasher moved to Music City and couldn’t make a living with her music business degree so she took a job at Bass Pro Shops which just happened to be in the same parking lot as the Grand Ole Opry. “I lived in an attic on Belmont Blvd and slept on a mattress on the floor, ate bologna sandwiches and peanut butter jelly every day and I’m still carrying some of those carbs with me,” she laughed. Her honesty about the hard road to “making it” in the music industry is refreshing and her determination is evident. She got fired from her day job for writing songs on the job but it turns out, one of those songs ended up being her first cut as a songwriter, a song for Brad Paisley called “Go To Bed Early”.

Shortly after that, Dasher signed a publishing deal and starting working and writing with some incredible people in Nashville including Jaren Johnston of The Cadillac Three. Eventually, her fiesty personality, kickass lyrics and unique approach to traditional country music landed her a record deal with Sony Music Nashville. “I think the Lord makes you wait for something that you really want to have so that you’ll really appreciate it, I firmly believe that,” she tells us.

During the COVID19 pandemic, she lets us know that she took some much needed time to really allow for personal growth, putting her now in a place that she is mentally, spiritually, emotionally, and career-wise the best place she’s ever been. She loves cooking and decided during quarantine to use the popular app TikTok to spread some joy and some delicious comfort food recipes. Her ‘Stand By Your Pan’ series has garnered her over half a million followers and showcases her personality, her voice, and her knack for great southern cooking.

Her latest release, “Girls Call The Shots” is an outside cut written by Brad and Brett Warren, David Fraiser, and Lance Miller that she tells us she fell in love with the moment she heard it. “I always write my music but I have never been opposed to listening to outside music because I know that there are songwriters who are here solely to be songwriters and they live off the royalties of artists with major record deals cutting their songs.”

Her ability to blend vintage, traditional southern country with a modern twist is something fans are craving right now in the genre, and paired with her bubbly charisma, we just know you will love her.

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Who Is Andrew Jannakos? The Story Behind His Journey to Country Music

Who Is Andrew Jannakos? Talented new country SONY Nashville recording artist, whose debut song “Gone Too Soon” went viral.

Andrew Jannakos

This week’s Swag Spotlight artist, Andrew Jannakos is a newly signed recording artist that we are super excited about. Fans may recognize his name from NBC’s The Voice or from social media, especially TikTok, but we are positive that you are going to remember his name because of his incredible talent. We chatted with the singer-songwriter about his journey and his passion for music.

A Georgia-native, Jannakos expressed his gratitude for his upbringing and his supportive family throughout the entire interview. Growing up north of Atlanta, the singer found an interest in music through his parents and grandfather. “Music was always there. Music was always a part of my life. My grandfather was a musician and had a bluegrass band and my mom has a great voice,” he shared with us, even adding later that he would listen to The Carpenters and scores from musicals with his mother in the car.

However, growing up as a 90s kid, Jannakos was all about being outside. At as young as five years old, he would go hunting with his father, and of course, country music was the soundtrack to their adventures. I was always raised on country music and raised on southern rock like Lynyrd Skynyrd, Journey, The Eagles, and all those southern rock bands. So country was always the forefront of what I did.”

Of course, Jannakos also credits more current artists, especially Brad Paisley for his passion for the craft. “Brad Paisley is a huge inspiration to my music and just the way that I look at country music. You know he writes- his older stuff, his 90s stuff growing up, just told such a great story, and it got me through a lot of dark times in my life,” adding, I have a different level of respect just because it got me through so much stuff.”

 

 

When high school ended, the singer pursued a career in hospitality, working at restaurants and bartending, honing his craft as a chef as well. “I never thought that I would pursue music as a career, I never thought that that would be an option,” he shared with us, later coming to a different realization, “It took me a long time to figure out that music was the thing that I wanted, it was the thing that I wanted to do with the rest of my life”.

That notion changed when he met his now wife and her young son. “She’s my biggest supporter,” he declared, “She saw me before I was even me […] She believed in me the moment she heard me sing.” With the support of his wife and her son, Jannakos took the little bit of momentum he got from The Voice, and continued to use social media as a platform for his music.

With some doors opening, Jannakos headed to a writer’s retreat in Chattanooga, Tennesee to write with some talented songwriters at the beginning of this year. It was at that retreat that he wrote his breakout single “Gone Too Soon” with Jason Afable and Joshua Clements Bricker. “We wrote the song in January,” he began, “I held it for a while, thinking about pitching it to some people, and I was finally like ya know what, why don’t I just cut it, and my wife was like ‘I’ve been telling you that for 5 months.’”

Once the entertainer finally received the final master back for the track, his wife encouraged him to post a Tiktok of him singing along to the song while cooking. After some hesitation on his part, he agreed, and the song went viral overnight, which eventually led to his record deal with SONY Nashville.

The track depicts the story of a long-distance relationship for Jannakos, but he acknowledges that others may connect to the song differently. “I just love country music. I just love music,” shared the singer, “So many people can connect to a song just through lyrics and it’s really inspiring to just want to continue to make good music.”

Jannakos is sure to continue to make waves with his original music. He anticipates a lot of new music coming down the pipeline next year, and fans can even get glimpses of unreleased tunes on his social media now. Jannakos is definitely one of the first on our list to see live when he is able to head out on the road to celebrate his accomplishments and of course “Gone Too Soon!”

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“Gone Too Soon” is available everywhere you buy or stream music. Check out more new recently released music here on our ‘New Country Music‘ playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.

 

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Who Is Cole Bradley? The Story Behind His Journey to Country Music

Who Is Cole Bradley? Talented new country artist from Canada, who now lives in Nashville with songs like “Love Made Me” and “Jean Jacket.”

Cole Bradley

Cole Bradley – Photo Credit Nick Patterson

Nashville is nicknamed “Music City” for a reason. It is full of talented young artists, who have a passion for the music industry and all that comes with it. Our latest Swag Spotlight artist, Cole Bradley fits the bill. He is talented, creative, and hungry for success, but most importantly he has an undeniable connection to country music.

Growing up in Calgary, Canada, Bradley always gravitated towards the creatives. He recalls singing as early as five years old and credits his family for introducing him to country music. “My first kind of memory is sitting in the backseat of my mom’s Toyota singing along to Garth Brooks’ ‘Greatest Hits’ record,” declared Bradley, “I would say that probably Garth Brooks was one of my biggest influences from day one.” Besides Brooks, the singer-songwriter grew up on country music stars like Tim McGraw and Kenny Chesney.

With the support of his family always behind him, Bradley started releasing songs to iTunes in high-school and writing music even earlier than that; however, a college education was always important to him and his parents. During his first year in college, the singer balanced trips to Nashville for writes and demos with his education in Canada. It was during one of his trips to Music City, four years ago, that Bradley learned he could combine his passion for music with his desire for higher education.

“I toured the Belmont campus,” the singer began, “My parents were super supportive of me and were like if you want to transfer to Belmont [University] and be in Nashville to pursue your school and music at the same time, you’re more than welcome to.” Bradley made the big move a few weeks before his 19th birthday and started to play shows in Nashville the same year.

One year into his move, the entertainer got the honor of playing the coveted Bluebird Cafe for the first time in his young career. “It’s just iconic. The best place to play so far in my career,” shared Bradley, as he recounted all of his heroes who have also played at the venue. Presently, he has been invited back to play at the Bluebird several times, since his debut.

Since then, Bradley has continued to progress in his career. He graduated from Belmont University in July and released two singles this year, including “Love Made Me” and “Jean Jacket.” The unprecedented times that we are living in catapulted the singer to share more of his craft with the world. “I had all these songs recorded, but after the pandemic hit, I was like, life’s so short, and you never know what’s going to happen,” he stated, “I have to put out more music.”

Both songs are impactful, sentimental, and high-energy; despite, having different stories and inspirations. “My goal in music is just to connect my stories, my songs, and my feelings to as many people as possible,” Bradley exclaimed. “Love Made Me” captures the story of new love. “It was really a universal theme. They’re at the honeymoon stage of a relationship and falling head over heels for somebody.”

On the other hand, “Jean Jacket” represents all those feelings that we all go through when dealing with heartache. According to Bradley, “The idea was we all go through heartbreak and tough breakups in our lives, but I think the most important thing that can happen is to walk away with your pride,” adding, “Jean Jacket symbolizes a lot more and I thought it was a cool way to say something.”

Ultimately, it’s clear that Bradley is going to keep writing and recording music that is authentic to him and his story. We can expect more unique and enticing music from the singer-songwriter in early 2021, and maybe even an EP. Until then, make sure you are streaming both of his incredible tunes!

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“Jean Jacket” is now available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more new recently released music here on our ‘New Country Music’ playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.

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Who Is Track 45? The Story Behind Their Journey to Country Music

Natives of a smalltown in Mississippi, siblings Jenna, KK, and Ben Johnson, also known as Track45 spoke with NYCountry Swag to tell us all about their upbringing, their journey to Nashville, and what they’ve been up to this year.

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Taking us back to their childhood days, the trio explained in our most recent chat all about their influences and how music just always seemed to be there. Their granddad was the director of their church choir and they all saved up their own money to purchase instruments and learned to play together. “We always say, we started out in the nursing home circuit,” they laugh. Playing the cello, guitar, and fiddle respectively, they recall playing Hank Williams’s classic “Jambalaya” at a nursing home and then started finding gigs around their smalltown. Eventually, two years later they landed a gig at a Bluegrass festival at Dollywood playing four shows a day for a week, and in that moment is when they realized they couldn’t see themselves doing anything else with their lives. Performing and perfecting a craft at such a young age (10, 12, and 14), the trio proved they were self-motivated as well as had the overwhelming support from their parents to pursue their dreams.

Just a few short years later, they decided to move to Nashville to chase those dreams even further. “That was a pretty big move, going from the same little town, in the same little house, in the same rooms our entire lives but we understood if we wanted to make this dream a reality, we had to move where the music was happening,” Ben tells us. “On the wall, we would put up post-it notes that had our dreams and goals that we wanted to accomplish like, sign individual publishing deals, sign with a manager and the biggest goal was always get a record deal.”

They certainly put the time in, committing to school, day jobs and still finding time to write at least two songs a day for two years before they really started to see their hard work pay off. Jenna, KK, and Ben are all incredible songwriters and have signed those publishing deals, having their songs cut by artists like Justin Timberlake, Charlie Puth, Lee Brice, HARDY, and Lauren Alaina. Ben just celebrated his very first number one as a songwriter when Lee Brice’s “One Of Them Girls” hit the top spot on country radio and stayed there for 3 weeks.

Most recently, they crossed that big goal off their list, signing a record deal with Stoney Creek Records/BBR Music Group and they just released their debut EP titled Smalltown. When discussing how they chose which three songs to introduce their music to new fans, they tell us; “These three songs told that story the most cohesively, these songs are the first chapter in the larger story that we are telling. What made us into who we are, we want to keep telling that story, there will be more chapters coming soon and we will continue to keep telling our story through our music.” The trio harmoniously blends their voices to create a modern and fresh sound blending all of their influences throughout their lives. Each track showcases not only their voices but their relatable songwriting, something that will intrigue country music fans.

Looking ahead, Track45 can’t wait to return to live music, bringing these three songs and many more to the country music fans they have made along the way. They also look forward to continuing to release new music, letting the world know where these siblings from Meridian, Mississippi have been and where they are going.

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Who is Kameron Marlowe? The Story Behind His Journey to Country Music

This week we shine our spotlight on a promising new artist in the industry that we believe has what it takes to make it big. Kameron Marlowe is a newcomer on the scene but has so much talent to share with the world. We chatted with him about his upbringing, the release of his debut EP, and everything in between.

Kameron Marlowe

Kameron Marlowe

Growing up in Kannapolis, North Carolina, Marlowe’s focus has been on music since high school, when he played in a band and listened to music all the time. “I really didn’t listen to anything that was current. I guess I just have always been that way,” he explained, “I am one of the biggest Ray Charles fans there can be. But, Brooks and Dunn is probably my favorite country band of all time.” Marlowe also shared a love for artists like George Strait, Merle Haggard, and Chris Stapleton.

Although he clearly loves country music, it was not until he graduated and found himself working a job at General Motors that he realized that music was what he wanted to do for a living. As the singer started playing shows at local venues and bars, he received a life-changing call from someone from NBC’s hit television show The Voice. “I think that’s when music started to really, really make a change in my life,” he began, “Once the show ended, I couldn’t think about life without music again, so I started writing songs and started coming to town, meeting as many people as I could. I just wanted to immerse myself as deep as I could [in music].”

Marlowe made the move to Nashville, armed with a mission to make his dream come true. He continued to network in town, which eventually led him to earn both a publishing deal and a record deal. Despite the success, the singer continues to work on his craft every single day. “I am just trying to find my place and find my spot here in Nashville. I can’t say that I’m doing it better than anyone else, but I want to learn and I’m learning every day,” Marlowe exclaimed, “Music is what I want to do for the rest of my life, I can’t imagine doing anything else but music now.”

The singer-songwriter made his dreams a reality, finally releasing his debut self-titled EP last Friday (11/13). Chock full of songs for the everyday country fan and relatable lyrics, Marlowe reminds us all why we love this genre so much. In our conversation, he shared the difficult process of choosing of the six songs to represent his craft. “With this EP, my goal was really to establish myself,” he expressed, adding that even the songs he didn’t write like “Sober As a Drunk” and “Going There Today” were important to share. “If I feel like people need to hear something or that people would like to hear [a song] and it relates to me, I always want to make sure that this song gets heard because there’s so many great songs and songwriters in Nashville.”

On the other hand, the EP also includes incredible songs that Marlowe did have a hand in writing. His most popular song to date, “Giving You Up,” was a solo-write inspired by his feelings about breaking up with the girl he thought he was going to marry, while, “Burn ‘Em All” came to fruition at a co-write, where all the writers were feeling burnt out. The song ended up being inspired by the blue-collar worker.

As a whole, the record is a good representation of Marlowe’s story so far. “All these songs are just things that kinda have happened in my life since moving to Nashville and things that have affected my life before Nashville,” the singer-songwriter shared, “And I’m really just wanting to convey who I am as an artist in this EP and looking forward to maybe making a full record next.”

Besides making sure to listen to the EP, again and again, fans can look forward to more songs by Marlowe as we head into 2021. The singer hinted at possibly recording songs like “Tequila Talkin’” and “Steady Heart,” as well as, hoping to get a new batch of music out to fans. We are sure whatever is coming down the pipeline next will only elevate Marlowe and his blossoming career!

Fans can join our Weekly Round-Up e-newsletter here, for the latest in country music and more news about future Kameron Marlowe releases.

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Kameron Marlowe EP is now available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more new recently released music here on our ‘New Country Music’ playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.

 

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Who Is Drew Parker? The Story Behind His Journey to Country Music

Country music is full of talented artists that are on the brink of breaking through to the mainstream scene. Singer-songwriter and our Swag Spotlight this week, Drew Parker is one of  the talented writers behind hits for superstar Luke Combs and Jake Owen, but 2020 has been all about establishing himself as his own artist.

Drew Parker

Drew Parker

Growing up in Covington, Georgia, Parker found music in church at the age of six. That early love of music created a desire in him to sing even more. “Around the age of 12, I wanted to do more with it,” he shared, talking about emulating the gospel choirs in his church, “I kind of asked my parents how do I do what they do and travel around and sing at different churches.” With his parents support, the singer sang at different churches throughout his adolescence.

Parker’s love of music  continued to evolve as he got older. He decided that he really wanted to start singing country music, a genre he grew up on. “I had always been a fan of country music, I mean that’s all I listened to growing up was country music, but around the age of eighteen was when I stared wanting to sing country music myself.” Raised on 90s country music like Keith Whitley, Brooks & Dunn, Travis Tritt, and Alan Jackson, Parker always found himself drawn to great singers and strong voices.

With a desire to sing in his heart, the entertainer started out a local pizza place. After singing at an open mic night, the owner asked him to come back and put together a full show for the audience. “I hired a guitar player and we learned three hours of country cover songs’ and that’s kind of where it all started for me,” he reminisced.

After taking a slight detour, heading off to college to follow a more “typical” track , Parker realized his heart was still in country music. “When I turned about 21, I realized ‘hey man, if you don’t pack up your stuff and move you’re not going to,’” he explained, “And I didn’t want to wake up in 30 years and ask myself what if I had done this.” This propelled the newcomer to find a job at a hospital at night and make the big move to Nashville.

Upon moving to music city, Parker’s goal was to be a singer, but he soon realized that song-writing was also a part of the fabric of his soul. “Songwriting wasn’t a gift I realized that I had until I had already moved to Nashville,” he shared, “I kind of found it once I got here. And to this day, I’m still learning and building on that craft and learning more about it each and every day.”

Parker now has been a Nashville resident for five years, and it is safe to say that his talent for singing and songwriting has not gone unnoticed. “It’s been awesome,” he exclaimed when asked about his journey so far, “When I write songs, I never go in with the intention of trying to write for myself or a specific artist, I just go in writing the best song I can write, whatever that may be.”

Clearly many of those songs have resonated with other artists, but Parker’s recently released debut EP While You’re Gone features the songs that have resonated the most with him. “It’s just a group of songs that I have been sitting on a while,” he began, “They were songs that never got old to me. They were songs that I always wanted to listen to. They stood the test of time from when I wrote them to when we went in to record them.” He later added that if he felt this way about his own music that hopefully fans would too.

Parker’s lead single from the EP, the title track, “When You’re Gone,” is just one of the several songs that speaks volumes to his talent as a vocalist and as a songwriter. Written with fellow singer-songwriter Jameson Rodgers, the single pays homage to the 90s country music that the two grew up on, reminding us all of the great story-telling in the genre. “I think that day, we both talked about, let’s write something to kind of tip our hats to our folks back in the 90s and those songs. Let’s write a story song,” Parker declared.

Fans can expect more music coming down the pipeline from Parker soon. He continues to hone his craft and wants to deliver content as quick as he can to his growing audience. Of course, when shows come back, the singer-songwriter will also get back on the road with Luke Combs. The future is looking bright for the rising artist!

Fans can join our Weekly Round-Up e-newsletter here, for the latest in country music and more news about future Drew Parker releases.

To keep up with Drew Parker follow them on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

While You’re Gone EP is now available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more new recently released music here on our ‘New Country Music’ playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.

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Who Is MacKenzie Porter? The Story Behind Her Journey to Country Music

This week’s Swag Spotlight artist is one that we think is primed for success in the near future. Canadian country artist and Nashville transplant, MacKenzie Porter has had music in her blood since she was a young kid. Recently signed by Big Loud Records, the songstress is proving that she is the real deal.

Mackenzie Porter

Mackenzie Porter Photo Credit Bree Marie Fish

Growing up on a ranch outside of Alberta, Canada, Porter found herself gravitating to music when she was only four years old. “We lived on a ranch. There was nothing else to do other than play music,” she shared, “I was constantly surrounded by it, and I think living out in the country, you also listen to country radio all the time, and that’s kind of how I became obsessed with it, and fell in love with the genre.”

Following her father and grandmother’s lead, who both played in bands, Porter learned to play classical piano, violin, and started singing at four years old. Despite playing in many concerto competitions and orchestra shows, she still knew she wanted to play country music.  “I just wanted to do what you hear on the radio, not classical music,” she tells us, recounting exactly what she told her mom growing up.

With artists like Shania Twain, Martina McBride, The Chicks, and Deana Carter on her radio airwaves, Porter aspired to move to Nashville and fulfill her dreams. She started writing songs at around eighteen years old and began making trips back and forth to Music City, the songstress finally made the big move in 2014.

Armed with a desire to make music and a hustle that does not quit, she set her sights on making more meaningful connections in Nashville. “I just kind of started meeting people and just going out as much as I can. That’s the cool thing about Nashville, it’s such a relationship-based town, if you’re out and meeting people and making friends, it really does get you places, I think.”

Currently, Porter has become one of those women on the radio that she aspired to be like. Already a star in Canada, the songstress is steadily increasing her fanbase here in the states but remains as humble as can be, admitting that being a part of the ever-growing badass women of country music is a great honor. “The more that are on the radio, the more me, as a fan, feels excited, and the more me as an artist feels excited because women are knocking doors down right now.”

So far, Porter’s song “Seeing Other People” and her newest release, “Drinkin’ Songs” have made waves in the states. The former, although not written by the songstress, was an immediate “must record” for the singer. “As an artist, I always want to write my own songs,” she tells us, “But if there’s a song that someone else writes […] if they write something that I connect to, I just feel like a million other people are going to connect to it too.”

The latter, “Drinkin’ Songs” was inspired by what happens to that song you have with your boyfriend or girlfriend that changes meaning after a break-up. “It kinda haunts you and like the meaning of the song is totally different,” she explains, “Now instead of it being a song that makes you feel secure, it kinda makes you feel the opposite.”

Music lovers can anticipate a full-length album coming out next year by Porter with all new original music. She hopes to tour next year and continue to deliver more and more impressive music to the fans and country music fans in general. For now, though, fans can enjoy her current singles and a special new track slated to come out this month!

Fans can join our Weekly Round-Up e-newsletter here, for the latest in country music and more news about future MacKenzie Porter releases.

To keep up with MacKenzie Porter follow her on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

“Drinkin’ Songs” is now available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more new recently released music here on our ‘New Country Music’ playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.

 

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Who is CB30? The Story Behind Their Journey to Country Music

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Nashville is filled with talented artists and songwriters, but it is always exciting when a promising new act can call Nashville their hometown. Brothers, Christian and Brody Clementi make up a duo called CB30, who just so happens to fit the bill! We interviewed the talented brothers about growing up in the Nashville music scene, taking social media by storm, and of course their new music and growing fanbase.

Born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee, Christian and Brody grew up in a musical household. Their father, Jay Clementi, is a musician and hit songwriter, so it is safe to say music is in their blood. “Music was our priority, our biggest thing growing up. We didn’t really think it would be anything else,” shared the brothers, when asked about their upbringing.

Despite that fact, the singers found themselves interested in sports and other activities, it was not until they performed at a charity function and saw the reactions of their fans that they decided to take their talent seriously. “They loved the harmonies, and we realized how special it was- just singing as brothers.” The duo began to make more connections in the industry, including their now friend and one of their musical influences, Luke Bryan, with who they performed a cover of “Cover Me Up” on Instagram, during the quarantine.

CB30 also identified country stars like Thomas Rhett and Sam Hunt as some of their inspirations. Interestingly enough, the duo also gravitates towards the Pop world, emulating artists like Justin Bieber, Ed Sheehan, and Bruno Mars.

Fittingly, CB30 is entering a music world, where genre-bending and collaborations are a part of the fabric of country music. “I think the borders are expanding,” the brothers explained, “We love all kinds of stuff. I love when Pop people do acoustic stuff because it’s almost country, but it’s still considered Pop. It’s an acoustic guitar and a well-written song, that’s what country music is.”

Their latest single “We Are Right Now” is a great example of that philosophy. The song was originally released as an upbeat jam, featuring layers of vocals and creative harmonies by the two men, but could easily be stripped-down acoustically. Christian and Brody use their voices to convey moments in time that feel as close to perfect as possible. Singing lyrics like “I can spend forever just feeling it together like we are right now,” they definitely give a new meaning to appreciating the moment.

CB30 even transformed that same song, remixing it with Black Caviar, and creating an even newer vibe and sound. “It is just a different spin on it,” they began, “The remix is like a party song. It turned it into a whole different vibe, which is really cool.” The song continues to be a fan-favorite across social media, and especially on TikTok, a place where CB30 has grown in popularity.

Fans can expect even more content on social media, as the duo is dedicated to getting content out to fans any way they can. As far as new music goes, CB30 is headed back into the studio soon! “We actually just recently picked the songs that we are going to record, and it should be here pretty soon, so that’s exciting,” they shared. As soon as recording gets underway, they hope to continue to put at music at a fast pace and keep the momentum going.  CB30 is also hopeful for touring to start again in 2021 and anticipate opening for some headlining artists in the future. Regardless, it is safe to say that CB30 has a bright future ahead of them!

Fans can join our Weekly Round-Up e-newsletter here, for the latest in country music and more news about future CB30 releases.

To keep up with CB30 follow them on  Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

“We Are Right Now” is now available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more new recently released music here on our ‘New Country Music’ playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.

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Who Is Tiera? The Story Behind Her Journey to Country Music

Releasing a brand new track today, newcomer Tiera spoke with NYCountry Swag about her backstory and her journey to Nashville. Learn more about her in the interview below.

Tiera

We have been early believers and proud supporters of Nicolle Galyon’s record label, Songs & Daughters since the very start. Championing women in country music and beyond is something that is close to our hearts, as a female-run business ourselves, that’s why teaming up with Galyon and Songs & Daughters for our 3rd Annual Babes, Booze & Brunch event earlier this year was so special to us.

Now, Songs & Daughters are introducing us to another rising female powerhouse, Tiera, and we are thrilled to get to know her in this week’s Swag Spotlight feature. Tiera is the flagship songwriter for Songs & Daughters, and also has new music coming out on her own including a brand new track released today, “Found It In You”. We loved every minute of our conversation with the blossoming singer-songwriter…

Growing up in Gardendale, Alabama, outside of Birmingham, Tiera recalls her family always being supportive of her dreams. She grew up in a household that encouraged exploration of interests, including modeling, dancing, and singing, but Tiera always returned back to music. “My parents really encouraged us to try everything until we figured out what we wanted to do, and I always just went back to music.”

After writing her first song in high school and teaching herself how to play guitar, Tiera had her heart set on attending Nashville’s Belmont University. However, as plans changed, she ended up attending the University of Northern Alabama for one year on a full-ride scholarship instead, before changing trajectories. “I’m really grateful for my time there,” she explained, “I spent a lot of time in the studio writing and recording. It was kind of where I learned how to write songs and figure out who I was at an artist.”

With that being said, it was there where Tiera really learned her craft as a songwriter. Channeling inspiration from fellow country singers like Taylor Swift, Dolly Parton, and Carrie Underwood, she knew then, that her heart was in country music and Nashville was where she belonged. “I fell in love with country music and I realized that Nashville was the place to be if I wanted to do country music, so I would take trips up there with my parents, and I just loved it.”

After making numerous trips down to Music City to play shows at some local venues, Tiera finally convinced her supportive family to make the big move with her. “I had been traveling back and forth before I moved here, and I was really lucky that I knew a couple of people in town, from writers rounds and everything. I felt so at home here. […] Literally, the day I moved, I had a show, and I haven’t stopped since.”

In the last four years, the songstress has managed to be accepted by Nashville’s incredible all-female collective, Song Suffragettes, sign a published dealing with Songs & Daughters, and of course voice her own daily radio show on Apple Country Music called ‘The Tiera Show.’ “It’s crazy, it’s so crazy, I don’t think it caught up to me yet,” Tiera explained when talking about her success over the last few years.

Currently aside from being Songs & Daughters’ flagship songwriter, Tiera is focusing on releasing her own music. After several writes with her producer Cameron Bedell, she finally selected “Found It In You” as her newest single. “We wrote it at the beginning of last year,” she began, adding, “it was really fun writing that song because I didn’t know it was the start of a new chapter for me when we wrote it. I had been searching for my sound for the longest time. I remember he sent me the demo after that writing session, I was like whatever this is, that is exactly the direction I want to go with my music.” Tiera later referred to the song as her “song baby” and how proud she is to be releasing such an impactful and personal tune.

Fans can look forward to more new music from Tiera coming out later this year. She even hinted at an acoustic version of “Found It In You” coming up the pipeline sometime soon.  Moreover, fans can be sure to have music that speaks to who the singer is now as a person, which makes it extra special, “I feel like for the first time, I am able to release some music that is congruent to who I am as a person now.”

Whatever the case is, we are sure that Tiera is primed for much success in the industry, so make sure to keep her on your radar and on your playlists!

To keep up with Tiera, follow her on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

“Found It In You” is now available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more new recently released music on our ‘New Country Music’ playlist. Be sure to the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.

 

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